David Gitlin, MD, FAPM , Division Director - Emergency Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Joji Suzuki, MD , Director, Addiction Services
Bob Boland, MD , Director of Resident Education and Training
Leena Mittal, MD , Director of Reproductive Psychiatry
Sejal Shah, MD , Associate Program Director; Instructor in Psychiatry, HMS: emergency psychiatry, primary care psychiatry, resident/fellowship education
Florina Haimovici, MD, FAPM , Infertility, Gastric Bypass
Meghan Kolodziej, MD , Cardiac Transplantation
Michael Mufson, MD, FAPM , Somatoform Disorders
John Peteet, MD, FAPM , Psychosocial Oncology
David Wolfe, MD, MPH , Lung Transplantation
Fremonta Meyer, MD , Psychiatrist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Psychosocial Oncology Program
David Yuppa, MD , Instructor of Psychiatry, HMS; psychosocial oncology, psychosomatic medicine, palliative psychiatry, cancer cachexia
Gaston Baslet, MD , Lecturer in Psychiatry, HMS: Neuropsychiatry, Epilepsy, Conversion Disorders
You’re overgeneralizing and getting some facts wrong. Let’s back up. In California, the LPS laws (5150, 5250, 5260) allow a maximum of 30 days detention for danger to self, ., acute suicide risk. There are no laws to hold anyone indefinitely for suicide. In practice the 14-day 5260 is rarely used, so the great majority of involuntary hospitalizations for suicide are under 17 days (5150 = 3 days, plus 5250 = 14 days). And usually a good deal shorter: in most adult psychiatric hospitals the average length of stay is less than a week. Indefinite detention, called a permanent conservatorship in California, is for “grave disability,” ., people who are so out of it they would starve or die of exposure if not taken inside, and kept there until they improve enough to survive on their own.
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